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Woman dumped Kai the dog with suitcase 'after trying to buy him'

The story of Kai the dog attracted worldwide attention after it was first revealed on STV News this week.

Abandoned dog Kai who was left at Ayr station with suitcase quality news pic from Scottish SPCA uploaded January 6 2015
Scottish SPCA

A woman who left a dog at a train station with a suitcase of his belongings claimed he was abandoned after she tried to buy him.

The story of Kai the dog attracted worldwide attention after it was revealed on STV News this week.

The shar-pei crossbreed Kai was found tied to a railing outside Ayr train station in South Ayrshire last Friday in a tale similar to that of Paddington Bear.

His story hit the headlines around the world and the charity has had calls from people in California and Tennessee offering to adopt him.

Kai, who is aged between two and three, was discovered at the station by a member of the public who contacted the Scottish SPCA. He had been left with a case containing a pillow, toys, food and his bowl.

Now, the woman who left Kai tied to a railing at the train station claims she did so after going to pick up the dog which she saw an advert for on Gumtree.

Fin Rayner, 39, from Aberdeen, told the Daily Record she travelled to Ayr to collect him and when she arrived she found he was not the dog pictured in the online advertisement.

She told the newspaper: "The guy rushed out with a food chest and lead on the dog. I said I wanted to take the dog for a walk, so he asked me for £150 as a deposit in case I didn't come back.

Abandoned dog Kai who was left at Ayr station with suitcase quality news pic from Scottish SPCA uploaded January 6 2015
Scottish SPCA

"Then I saw him tearing off in his car. I phoned and said 'You better come back for your dog'. He never turned up.

"I thought I'd take the dog to Aberdeen but my son phoned and said the photo from the ad was an American picture from 2005.

"I said to a member of staff it was somebody else's dog. I said, 'I'm just going to tie him up out there', and I did that."

Ms Rayner told STV News she made sure Kai was safe before leaving and contacted the Scottish SPCA "several times".

Ms Rayner added that she panicked as she and her nine-year-old daughter, who has asthma, needed to make the last train back to Aberdeen.

The animal charity hope to rehome him in Scotland in around three or four weeks once he has had surgery to his eyelids, which are curled under meaning his eyelashes touch his eyeballs.

A JustGiving page was set up by the Scottish SPCA after many people asked how they could donate to the charity and it has raised more than £1000 since going live on Wednesday afternoon.

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